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August 03, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.03.11

User fees are off the table, but only temporarily.
The FAA shutdown is bringing the airlines more profits.
And COPA blocks ANN's live stream at the request of Cirrus Aircraft.

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Boeing, Korean Air Announce Order For Two Additional 737-900ERs

Purchase Valued At $171.6 Million At List Prices

Boeing and Korean Air announced an order for two additional Next-Generation 737-900ER jetliners on Monday. The new airplanes will be fitted with the new Boeing Sky Interior and the order is valued at $171.6 million at Boeing list prices.

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UK Biz-Av Concerned About 2012 Olympics

Panel To Discuss Unique Challenges At Cambridge Airport

Some unique challenges facing business aviation in Great Britain during the 2012 Summer Olympics will be discussed at the forthcoming Business Aviation and General Aviation Day (BGAD) to be held at Cambridge Airport on Tuesday, September 20.

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Boeing Delivers Milestone 737 To Chinese Carrier

Airplane Equipped For High-Altitude, High-Temperature Operation

Boeing has reached a major milestone with Xiamen Airlines by delivering a Next-Generation 737-700. This is the 50th directly ordered Boeing airplane delivered to Xiamen Airlines and incorporates both the High-Altitude/High-Temperature Airport Operations Feature Package. China is one of the few regions that operates high altitude airports.

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It Had To Happen: Pirates Vs. UAS

VDI's Seven-Foot Unmanned Helicopter Watches The Horn Of Africa

Vanguard Defense Industries says it has won a multi-million-dollar contract from a company involved in the oil and gas exploration and production industry to use ShadowHawk UAS to conduct anti-piracy operations off east Africa.

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Patrick Tuttle Named Chair Of Wichita Aero Club

CEO Of ADR Succeeds Robert Stangarone

The Wichita Aero Club announced Tuesday that Chairman Robert Stangarone will hand over the reins of the club to Patrick Tuttle in January, 2012. Tuttle previously served as club treasurer. Tuttle is chief executive officer of ADR, Inc. Stangarone serves as vice president of Corporate Communications for Cessna Aircraft Company.

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NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Begins Science Orbits Of Vesta

Sending Back First Close-Up Views Of The Large Asteroid

NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the first ever to orbit an object in the main asteroid belt, is spiraling towards its first of four intensive science orbits. That initial orbit of the rocky world Vesta begins Aug. 11, at an altitude of nearly 1,700 miles and will provide in-depth analysis of the asteroid. Vesta is the brightest object in the asteroid belt as seen from Earth and is thought to be the source of a large number of meteorites that fall to Earth.

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Air Force Association Conference Offers Professional Development Training

Conference Sessions Qualify Toward Continuous Learning Points For Acquisitions Professionals

The Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition brings together Air Force leadership, industry experts, academia and current aerospace specialists from around the world giving insight to past, present and future aerospace challenges. The association says it attracts the top echelon of USAF senior leadership, including the commanders of every USAF command, and military dignitaries from air forces worldwide.

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HAI 'Heli-Center' Hailed As Success At Oshkosh

Organization Raised Profile, Got More Media Opportunities

The new "Heli-Center" at EAA AirVenture 2011 is being hailed by Helicopter Association International (HAI) as a success for attracting increased visibility for the organization, and for the helicopter industry in general.

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Vietnam Takes Delivery Of Its 1st Airbus Military C212-400

Patrol-Configured Aircraft Goes To The Country's Marine Police

The Vietnam Marine Police has taken delivery of the first of three C212-400 it ordered from Airbus Military. The second aircraft will be delivered later this year, and the third in early 2012. This modernized C212--400 series incorporates the latest systems and technologies, such as a Flight Management System (FMS).

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Herschel Telescope Detects Oxygen Molecules In Space

First Time Molecular Oxygen Has Been Detected Beyond Our Atmosphere

The Herschel Space Observatory's large telescope and state-of-the-art infrared detectors have provided the first confirmed finding of oxygen molecules in space. The molecules were discovered in the Orion star-forming complex. Individual atoms of oxygen are common in space, particularly around massive stars. But, molecular oxygen, which makes up about 20 percent of the air we breathe, has eluded astronomers ... until now.

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ALC Delivers First E190 To TRIP

Airline Expecting Five More Embraer E-Jets From Udvar-Hazy's Group

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has delivered its first new Embraer aircraft from the direct order placed at the Farnborough International Air-Show in 2010 to TRIP Linhas Aéreas.

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Congress Goes Home Without Addressing FAA Extension

Without A Special Session, Agency Will Remain Partially Closed Until After Labor Day

The U.S. House of Representatives went into recess Aug. 1 without waiting for the Senate to reach a conclusion on authorizing funds for the FAA, which has been partially shut down since July 22. This means that for the nearly 4,000 employees who have been furloughed without pay, the earliest they could return to work would be the first part of September.

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Aero-TV: Recapping ANN's Live Coverage Of AirVenture 2011, 07.27.11, Day Three

Nearing The Half-Way Point Of The Greatest Airshow Over Earth!

Welcome to our Wednesday wrap up of the latest news from AirVenture, 2012. The rains finally came to Oshkosh, and the day dawned grey, promising off-and-on showers through the day. But the less than perfect weather did not dampen the spirits of those who came to Wittman Field at mid week, and the attendance was robust, if not record breaking.

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NBAA, AEA: User Fees, Aircraft Depreciation Changes Off The Table ... For Now

But Associations Say Continued Vigilance Needed, Member Mobilization Was Key To Outcome

As Congress and the White House finalized a package to raise the nation's debt ceiling, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said industry mobilization was important for keeping the bill free of proposals targeting industry – and that sustained vigilance would be needed as debt-ceiling developments continue to unfold.

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FAA Revamps Cockpit Program For Air Traffic Controllers

Controllers Allowed Back Into Cockpits As Part Of Voluntary Training Program

The FAA announced that, effective Monday, air traffic controllers will once again be able to ride in aircraft cockpits with commercial pilots as part of a voluntary education program. The Flight Deck Training program is designed to improve safety by giving air traffic controllers a greater understanding of the pilots’ experience and workload in the cockpit.

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Delta To Refund Taxes Paid For Travel During FAA Shutdown

Applies To Tickets Bought Before July 22 For Travel During Shutdown Period

Delta Air Lines announced Monday it will process tax refunds for customers traveling during the suspension of non-essential services of the FAA. Funding for the agency expired on July 23. At that time, Delta stopped collecting several taxes imposed on ticket sales, including a 7.5 percent tax on the base ticket price, a $3.70 segment tax and facilities taxes on international travel and travel to and from Alaska and Hawaii.

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Gyros Leave Oshkosh To Fly At Mentone

PRA Convention Features Freedom To Fly Unavailable at EAA AirVenture

The new gyroplane designs which were such a curiosity at Oshkosh have now gathered in Mentone, where they can fly as much as their owners like during the 49th PRA International Convention.

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First USAF F-35 Pilot Makes History

Lt. Col. Eric Smith Becomes First In Service To Fly F-35

After flying with the US Air Force for 16 years, Lt. Col. Eric Smith has become the first Airman to fly the new F-35 Lightning II for his service, an honor he says he never expected.

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Gulfstream G150 Certified For Registration In China

Coordinated Effort Between FAA, CAAC, Israel Required For Certification To Happen

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has received type certificate validation (TCV) for its G150 aircraft from the Civil Aviation Administration of China, a move that allows operators to register the wide-cabin, high-speed business jet there.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.03.11)

"No safety issues will be compromised. Flying is safe.” Source: DOT Secretary Ray LaHood.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.03.11): Catch Point

A fix/waypoint that serves as a transition point from the high altitude waypoint navigation structure to an arrival procedure (STAR) or the low altitude ground-based navigation structure.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.03.11)

Aviation Medicine Advisory Service (AMAS)

AMAS serves both pilots and controllers alike to improve health and aviation safety.

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